The guns are out for Gordo's challenger
ALAN JOHNSON’S image as the “nice guy” of the Cabinet was dented yesterday when he became embroiled in allegations that his aides had attempted to bury the bad news of poor primary school test results last month. The news represents a blow to the Education Secretary, who will be a candidate for the position of deputy leader of the Labour Party and has been mentioned in connection with the leadership.
The dispute centres on the decision of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to publish two important sets of school results, primary school tests and GCSEs, on the same day. A series of e-mails made public yesterday showed that civil servants at the department had cautioned repeatedly against the clash, pointing out that they had been published on different days in previous years. But their concerns were overruled and officials were told that the Education Secretary’s special advisers “positively want” the results published on the same day. Both sets of figures were published at 9.30am on August 24. The GCSE results rose for the eighteenth successive year.
However, the primary school test results revealed falling standards in reading, writing and maths among seven-year-olds and standards among 11-year-olds which stalled well below government targets.
The smoking gun email which The Times doesn't link to - come on hyperlinky thingy are what the web is about chaps, get with it.